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Selected boot device not available

Postby Traxxasred on Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:55 am

Alright, I have a 125GB SSD in an external enclosure. I installed Linux Mint on it and tried booting from it as a USB device and when I do it says "Selected boot device not available."

It's pissing me off.

I have an XPS 720. I figure that the rest of the information is inconsequential, but let me know if this is not the case.
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Re: Selected boot device not available

Postby lagagnon on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:18 am

Getting pissed off won't help though will it? I suggest you read this - basically you need to ensure the boot loader was installed correctly, which I suspect it wasn't:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootFromUSB
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Re: Selected boot device not available

Postby Traxxasred on Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:43 pm

Alright. So where should I install the boot loader to? And wouldn't that make the computer unbootable if I d/c the external? Like a GRUB Error 21 or whatever when it can't find one of the OSes.
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Re: Selected boot device not available

Postby ddalley on Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:31 am

Traxxasred wrote:Alright. So where should I install the boot loader to?


This is a basic GRUB / USB question for which I'd dearly like to know the answer, too.
I think I'm messing up my installs by putting the boot loader in the wrong spot.
I don't think Installer has a Help note about it during the install process, either. It should.

I'm unhooking my hard drive, to ensure neither I nor the Installer messes with it.
This simplifies and speeds up the install process, too.
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Re: Selected boot device not available

Postby Traxxasred on Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:24 am

The lack of knowledge on such a seemingly simple problem is frustrating.
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Re: Selected boot device not available

Postby lagagnon on Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:53 am

Traxxasred wrote:The lack of knowledge on such a seemingly simple problem is frustrating.


It is suggested that as this is a volunteer run forum, you might be more patient, or if no answer is forthcoming then hunt it down yourself. Or perhaps you should "ask for your money back". Or you might even want to consider paying for support if you don't feel like you are getting it at the forum. You can in fact pay for support by arranging this at the Mint website: http://linuxmint.com/support.php

In fact, the answer to your question is well written in the link I provided above in my first response to you, in the "Booting via Grub" section.
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Re: Selected boot device not available

Postby Traxxasred on Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:55 pm

I made a Super Grub boot CD, but when I try to boot that partition it gives me an Error 13.
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Re: Selected boot device not available

Postby Fred on Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:32 pm

Traxxasred,

If you are willing to put a bit of time into this and be patient with me, I will get you up and running. Don't tell me you will if you aren't willing to follow through. Just say no thanks and I'll be happy to let it go. :-)

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